Omaha, here they come.
The Florida State Seminoles beat Vanderbilt 7-6 in Game 3 of the Tallahassee Super Regional to advance to their 20th College World Series in program history. It wasn’t necessarily easy for the Noles though.
Heading into the bottom of the ninth, up 7-3 thanks to a Sherman Johnson three run double in the top of the ninth. Most Florida State players and fans thought a 4 run lead would be enough padding, but Vanderbilt, a team that had made comebacks all year, didn’t think so. They came back with three runs of their own to make the game 7-6. And with the winning run on base for the Commodores, it was all up to Mike McGee, Florida State’s best hitter and, recently their best relief pitcher, too.
McGee came through, and before he could do any celebration of his own, he was greeted by his whole team making a dogpile right on top of him. But frankly, the way McGee had performed that weekend all year, and the joy of knowing the Seminoles had punched their ticket to Omaha, he probably didn’t care there were 25 guys laying on top of him.
The Tallahassee Democrat opened up their article about FSU’s victory with, “What a perfect ending for FSU.” As perfect as everything has gone this postseason for the Noles, and the way that they have been playing, and ending to this season might not be as near as people think.
Florida State has been on fire ever since they lost to Miami in the first game of the ACC Tournament. In fact, starting with the win over Virginia in the ACC Tournament, FSU is 8-1, the lone loss coming to Vanderbilt the day before they punched their ticket for the College World Series. Their only weakness this whole season has been pitching. If Florida State’s pitching staff can show up in Omaha, much like they did in their College World Series clincher on Sunday, the Seminoles might just find themselves very close to a college baseball championship.
Good luck to the Noles as they endevour to play college baseball’s best in Omaha!